Holland Scholarship


The Holland Scholarship is made available for DAI students (on a competetive base) by the ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, VSNU, Nuffic and Vereniging Hogescholen.


The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies. Please note that this is not a full-tuition scholarship.

Grant award period

The grant is awarded for one year and can only be received once.

Application criteria

  • you have a Non-EU/EEA nationality
  • you must have passed the admission trajectory of the DAI
  • you are an excellent* student
  • you have enrolled through Studielink
  • you will start your study in September 2019
  • you have never studied in the Netherlands before
  • you will have to pay the institutional tuition fee

*The Holland/ArtEZ scholarships can be divided into two different focus areas, each supporting specific kinds of students who add to the wealth of art practice, research, and making at ArtEZ.Holland Scholarships. Holland Scholarships are in support of students who perform the potentials for excellence in their respective disciplines.Excellence needs to be measured on the criteria of: quality of work,demonstrable application and making in their field,a quantifiable academic and performative track record, significant experience in the field of application, and an objective indication of quality that measures the performance of the student.The Holland Scholarships are thus, often conservative, falling back on the accepted ideas of traditional education understanding of ‘excellence’. While we remain aware that the standardized testing measures of excellence are structurally often skewed towards those who do not fall in the categories of privilege, we do think that there is a need for developing new voices that critically expand and reinforce the fields of art learning and practice.Thus, excellence in these cases, even though it is premised on demonstrable quantification and performance, still requires a motivation where the student demonstrates their capacity, impulse, aspiration, or desire to produce creative, innovative and critical reflections in their own imagination of their identity as artists and designers

Apply 2019-2020

If you wish to apply for the Holland Scholarship, AND you have already been accepted into the DAI, you are advised to contact Rik Fernhout, the DAI's Co-ordinator for Study Trajectory & Student Affairs.

How can you apply for the Holland Scholarship?

You can start your application as of 1 February 2019, after you have been admitted to DAI. The ArtEZ Student Affairs Department will invite you to apply for a scholarship. You will receive an email with all the information, an application form and a link to upload your documents. Before 1 May 2019 ArtEZ must have received all the required documents. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be processed.
The required documents are:

  • the application form
  • a copy of your passport
  • a motivation letter (this motivation letter -no longer than 2 pages/no more than 450 words- contains an in-depth explanation as to the reasons why you have chosen to apply)
  • a recommendation letter (this letter attests your excellence: you may strengthen your application by adding awards you may have received or mentioning exhibitions, concerts or other events you may have partaken in)

When will the application be confirmed?

ArtEZ Student Affairs will check whether all the required documents are received and inform you about the further procedure.

When will you know the results of your application?

A committee will examine your application and decide whether you will receive a scholarship, or not. Subsequently ArtEZ Student Affairs will send you an email to let you know the decision. 


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